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Ladies shoes, so called golden lilies, northern style
1903
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This gift of Mr. Ching Ling-foo is accompanied by other documents such as photo pictures, letters, and advertisement posters related to his visit to the Náprstek museum. Only a few collection items in the Náprstek museum are so well documented.

History of the Object
The golden lilies were worn by the Han mainly during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The small feet were considered beautiful, the artificially deformed small feet were symbols of femininity and women with small feet were highly regarded in the society as model wives and mothers.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Silk satin, wood, paper 
Measurements
Height 13 cm Length 12 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
Beginning of 20th Century 
Function
Ladies shoe to be worn on artificially deformed feet.  
Acquisition
1905, gift by Ching Ling-foo (1854-1922), the first native Chinese conjuror who became famous in the USA and Europe at the turn of the twentieth century. During his European tour, he visited Prague and the Náprstek museum.  
Copyright
The National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, the Czech Republic 
Museum
National Museum; Nàprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures 
Credit line
Courtesy of the National Museum – the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Prague, Czech Republic 

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  • Nathalie François352 weeks ago

    It seems like little doll shoes.

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